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A True Bavarian Beauty: Self-Drive Germany’s Romantic Road


A True Bavarian Beauty: Self-Drive Germany’s Romantic Road

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Ideal Length: 7 days

Best for: Followers of all things beautiful and Bavarian – helps if you’re a beer lover too!

Germany’s Romantic Road, albeit well-travelled, is still one of the most rewarding self-drive itineraries in Europe. Stretching from Würzburg to Füssen with 350 kilometres of road in between.

The starting point is Würzburg. With a focal hilltop castle and a storybook town crammed with gingerbread houses, spires and clock towers, it’s Grimm Brothers meets traditional Bavarian beauty. Spend a full day and at least one night here before journeying to Neuschwanstein. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, you may not recognise Neuschwanstein by name but you’ll definitely recognise its castle; famed for inspiring the iconic Disney castle, their silhouettes are almost identical.

Weaving your way through the lush back roads of Tauber Valley, past flower-dappled meadows and rolling green pastures, you’ll arrive in Rothenburg, and one of the many walled cities along the Romantic Road. Rothenburg is particularly pretty come nightfall, when the lanes are deserted but remain aglow with dimly lit streetlights, it’ll send tingles down your spine.

In Nördlingen, take the 2.7km leisurely stroll along the historic walls. As a town located in the crater of a meteorite impact and with panoramic views from the St George‘s bell tower, it’s full of impressive Kodak moments. From here travel to Munich - spending as much or as little time in the beer-famed city as you like - and finish up in Füssen, where the route officially ends. 

HOT tip: Your rental vehicle must have all the required emergency equipment (warning triangle, first aid kit, spare tire and jack) as well as a parking disc.

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